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I have now sold 87 books and 15 Calendars and the combined amount raised for MNDA from these sales has now topped £500. Thank you to everyone who has bought books and/or calendars
First 10 Calendars and another 2 books sold this week. Combined MNDA total from books and Calendar sales has now reached £450.
I have just heard that my 2021 Show Me the Way to Santiago Calendars will be arriving today. Priced at £5.90 each (£10 for 2) each one sold will provide a minimum £2.50p donation to the Motor Neurone Disease Association. They will make ideal Christmas presents. If you would like one you can leave a comment on this page, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact me via Facebook. Payments can be made by BACS transfer to P&SM KAY Sort Code 77-71-62 Account Number 17860860
50 years ago on the 31st August, I was one of around 600,000 people who spent a glorious weekend on the Isle of Wight in the company of such legends as; Free, Emerson Lake and Palmer, Judy Collins, Leonard Cohen, Moody Blues, The Doors, Joni Mitchell, Donovan, Chicago, Joan Baez, Sly and the Family Stone, Ten Years After, Ritchie Havens, Procul Harem, Miles Davis, Jethro Tull, Kris Kristofferson, Family, Taste and of course one of my all time Rock heroes – JIMI HENDRIX. This Friday (18th) will also mark the 50th anniversary of Jimi’s death. In the early hours of the final day of that unique event I had witnessed Jimi’s last ever live performance in the UK.
My poem Blue Wild Angel is my tribute to Jimi
You were purple haze
with glorious hair
a gripping tooth
in velvet corduroy
from Seattle roots
to Ronnie Scott’s
Right -handed fender
played upside down
Carnaby Street medals
A Voodoo child
God, you were wild
A spangled banner
using smoking keys
as passion ignites
you on your knees
with bandana tied
before orange flames
your red rooster calling
in a smoking daze
leaving needle stick
for opiated words
handfuls of barbituates
after Isle of Wight
in the middle of the night
I was there…
Last night I had the privilege of being able to share some of my poems at the indomitable Runcible Spoon Zoom night hosted by Kathleen Stafford. 15 or 16 brilliant open micers interspersed with four headline poets. The sensual words of Sue Hubbard, star quality from Oz Hardwick, the amazingly funny Matt Panesh and the Otley folklore king Matthew Hedley Stoppard.
Tonight is another Gingerlicious night with David Driver. Looking forward to it.
Looking forward to talking to David Driver on Drystone Radio this evening about all things ‘writerly’
My virtual book signing event goes out on Thursday. This was created in lieu of the Book signing event in Huddersfield that had to be cancelled.
I created a black out poem as part of an exercise within a Writing Group I am involved in.
I used Page 184 from SHOW ME THE WAY TO SANTIAGO and managed to create a Love Poem.
Here are the words that were left behind after blacking out most of the text.
Evening sun in
time envelopes us
She is spiritual
she is seeking some connection
our meeting is hugs and warm
we go our separate ways
Adverbially Challenged Volume 5 is now complete and will be published in November 2020, including my flash fiction piece – ‘Night Vision’
I have just heard that my entry for the competition will be included in the Anthology that will be available before Christmas
I thoroughly enjoyed a wonderful evening in the company of some wonderful poets and musicians. It was good to share two poems that connect me to the District and that celebrate the positive cultural diversity that is Bradford (The Lantern Parade and The Curry Place)
I thoroughly enjoyed my return to ‘open mic’ land on Monday with the wonderful David Driver hosting an exclamation of local poets. Up coming this Saturday is an Open Mic with BIASAN, an event that is part of the Bradford South Asian Heritage Month.
My visit to W H Smith in Huddersfield (scheduled for Saturday 15th August) has had to be postponed. However, I am doing a live Q&A with my publisher on YouTube at 6pm on Monday 17th August – a kind of virtual book signing event – as an alternative.
Due to technical difficulties we have had to reschedule the live Q&A. This will now be available on the 27th August.
Details of my Interview with Alison Laycock, Book reviewer and blogger are now available on Booklovers.Home.Blog
The review itself should be available within the next ten days.
I have just ordered a 100 of these beautiful little bookmarks that complement well my book – Show Me The Way To Santiago
After a lot of agonising I have finally chosen the 12 images from my walking of the Via de La Plata that will form a calendar for 2021. All profits from the sales of the Calendar will go to the Motor Neurone Disease Association. I will provide an update once these are available
Pleased to be able to post that my Flash fiction (100 word) story called ‘Night Vision’ will be published in Adverbially Challenged Volume 5. It is story number 491 and once a further 9 stories have been accepted for publication, the book will be published. All profits go to FIRST STORY (Changing Lives through writing). FIRST STORY supports and inspires creativity, literacy and confidence in UK Secondary schools where over 50% of pupils are considered deprived. The Charity helps young people nurture and develop their creative writing skills.
I have today had a one hour interview with CJLandry, who specialises in publicising and highlighting the work of independent authors working with/for IndiePublishing Companies, like CuriousCatBooks. The Interview will be made public on the 23rd November 2020. I will publish the links to this nearer the time.
I have now sold 72 books across all platforms and once all income is received the total raised for the MND Association will top £400